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Using Nickel99 rods to weld the a$$ end??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by NITRO, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. NITRO

    NITRO 1/2 ton status

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    has anyone ever used these rods for welding the rear end on a truck? ive always used 6011's, but my dad bought some of these to weld a press. they penetrate really deep and are strong as heck. i welded 2 pieces together and then after figuring i messed up, tried to go back and use the torch to cut the weld off and couldnt even cut the weld with the torch. i hadda use the plasma cutter to get it off. so in my book i tihnk they will work. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif thanx guyz

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    Whose arse end are you planning on welding?? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    you're closer to him than me so its probably you! LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!
     
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    Nickel rods are used for welding cast iron, they do penetrate deeper and hold stronger but more $, if you had to weld on the actual differential or knuckles of an axle those would be handy
     
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    I used Ni-Rod to weld up a cracked cast iron T-case adaptor. It looked ugly /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif but it held up for over three years until I swapped in another adaptor that had never been cracked.

    I pre-heated the whole adaptor to about 250 degrees, welded the prepped area that was cracked and then after welding I buried it in a bucket of sand and let it sit for 10 hours. It was still warmer than ambient when I took it out of the bucket so it did cool very slowly.

    I don't have a ton of experience with welding cast, but one of my co-workers at the time had done it often enough and told me to do it that way. I can't really argue much because it did hold up just fine...in fact it was still fine when I replaced it.

    The big problem with cast is that it is brittle so it doesn't tolerate the rapid expansion and contraction due to the heat of welding. Pre and post heat helps alleviate that to an extent.

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    so dont use them or do?? they are about $3 each, but i have a buttload of them. like i said, they were used to weld a crack in a huge press and i got what is left over. the steel i welded was T1 and that juss would not budge. good rods. but, should i juss use the 6011's or use these? i really like how they weld cuz there is NO splatter whatsoever. its almost like TIG welding.

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    If you're welding cast use em...if you're welding mild or T-1 use 7018, 7014, MIG, etc etc.

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